Good communicators must be good listeners, says Archbishop Celli in the News Letter of the Gregorian University no. 34, June 2008.

Father Samuel Mondol SDB defends Don Bosco`s Amorevolezza

ROME, Italy – Fr Samuel Mondol, former dean of Vidyaniketan Kalyani (National Brothers` Training Institute) successfully defended Master in Spirituality thesis entitled: Don Bosco`s Gentleness and Amorevolezza: Reflections of His Students During the Beatification Process. Amorevolezza could be rendered in English language as “loving kindness.“Fr. Sam with Professors and Kolkata Salesians immediately after the defence pose for a foto. Continue reading

Government Freezes Convent-reform Proposal on June 13, 2008

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India – Government Freezes Convent-reform Proposal on June 13, 2008. Protests from Church groups have led Kerala’s communist-led government to put on hold a proposal to make laws on a minimum age for girls joining convents and their property rights. The southern Indian state government directed its Women’s Commission, which made the proposals, to give the matter further study and consult with Church leaders. “We will make a detailed study on the topic and submit our recommendations later,” commission chairperson D. Sreedevi told UCA News on June 12. Continue reading

Father Chunkarapura SDB is appointed Rector in Rome, Italy

KOLKATA, India – Returning from a summer camp for street children at Bongaon on the Indo-Bangladesh border, the former vice-provincial of Calcutta province, Fr Jose Chunkapura received the news of his appointment as Rector of Don Rua, one of three International student communities at the Salesian Pontifical University (UPS) Rome. Fr Maria Arokiam (INM) was appointed to the post earlier but did not take charge as he was elected Regional for South Asia. Fr Chunkapura is expected to take charge in September, after month-long lectures (August) at Sacred Heart Theological College (SHTC) Shillong. He succeeds Fr. Juan Luquero of Madrid province who has been Rector for 7 years. Continue reading